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June 23, 2011
SPORT Bound for the Big Apple
TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE: CMDR David
Graham is training six days a week to prepare for
the New York Marathon.
Photo: Aurora Images
By CPL Zenith King
CMDR David Graham will con-
test the New York Marathon on
November 6 to raise money for
Competing for the first time
in the 42.2km marathon, which
draws more than 100,000 partici-
pants annually, CMDR Graham
hopes to raise $10,000 for charity.
"I've been a long time support-
er of World Vision, having been
involved with their child sponsor-
ship program since 2000," he said.
"By running in the New York
Marathon, the money I raise will
directly support World Vision's
SEE Solutions program."
He will compete as one of 10
runners in a team, with each run-
ning the full distance.
"My goal is a big challenge but
I am excited and full of anticipa-
tion," he said.
"The entire amount goes to
World Vision and any deficit I
will fund personally. So far I have
raised nearly $3000, and feel I am
well on the way to my goal."
CMDR Graham considers
himself a fanatical runner, having
competed in a number of mara-
thons in the UK, Italy, France and
"This was an opportunity to
run the iconic New York Marathon
and help change the world at the
same time," he said.
"It's the challenge of a lifetime
to run one of the world's most
CMDR Graham said he was
prepared for the challenge.
"I have a rigorous program that
has me running six days a week.
I'm very keen to achieve a person-
al best and cannot think of a better
way than running in New York and
raising money for a worthy cause."
Anyone who wishes to donate can
do so at the Everyday Hero website
EDITOR'S NOTE: During the six months of Bill's
fitness campaign we want to publish your mes-
sages of support, your campaign updates, advice
and any questions you might have for the fitness
experts within Defence. Keep your emails com-
ing to Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
au. Here are some of the latest messages:
I have started to follow your program this week as I
have let things slip. About March 2010 I had grown
to about 134kg, but by the end of the year had shed
29kg. What helped me then was getting all the sup-
port I could from friends, family and professionals
and their affirmations that I looked better, together
with my own feelings of wellbeing. Unfortunately,
since then I have regained 20kg, but seeing you
start this program has inspired me to get back on the
wagon. My aim is to achieve a weight with which I
feel comfortable (about 90kg). I look forward to hear-
ing your progress and comparing it with mine. Let's
make the world a lighter place.
How motivating it was to read your article. They say if
you want to commit to something your best bet is to
write it down and be accountable. I, too, have slowly
gained a few kilos and have noticed the metabo-
lism starts slowing down after 30. I have no will and
enjoy food! I would love to join you on the 'Join Bill
Campaign' and I look forward to reaching goals and
feeling great both inside and out. My goal -- 67kg to
56kg and a 10km fun run in September.
Well done on making a commitment to lose weight.
Go for it -- the effort is truly worth it. It seemed after
40 that my waist line got a mind of its own, and at 51
the trend continued as I helplessly watched the fat
folds turn to chubby rolls. However, since commenc-
ing CrossFit 12 months ago, together with eating the
Paleo diet, I have lost over 10kg and for the first time
in 30 years, muscles are appearing and I am feeling
really strong. All the best for your journey.
-- MAJ Chris Kassulke
Our readers weigh in
Bill blogs on
THE signs are all there. It's
amazing that after just a few
weeks I'm starting to feel
My training is consist-
ent and my trousers (with a
new button fitted) are now
comfortable to wear.
We travelled to Melbourne
over the Queen's Birthday
long weekend. My will power was stretched as we
approached service centres offering fast food.
The kids wanted this and that and it made it quite
difficult for me to resist.
The good news is that I did resist, and I didn't
spoil the good groundwork I had in place.
On this trip we made sure we took a small car
fridge filled with various types of fruit and healthy
Once again, thanks to members for their ongoing
support and encouragement. The journey continues.
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